Third Airport Edge Light Outage Since September

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Edge lights flickered out on Blue Grass Airport's main runway yesterday in the third such failure since September.

Spokeswoman Amy Caudill for the Lexington airport says a faulty piece of equipment caused the failure. She says it was caused by a malfunction within an electrical regulator. A problem within the same regulator also caused the runway edge lights to go out on April first.

The regulator has been repaired and will be replaced by a new one provided by the manufacturer as soon as the new one can be built, probably in two or three weeks.

Main runway edge lights and six "distance remaining" signs, which tell pilots how close they are to the end of the runway when they are taking off and landing, went out at 1:15 a.m. yesterday. Airport spokesman Brian Ellestad said the lights were restored by 3:40 a.m.

He says there were no incoming or outgoing flights during those hours, so no flights had to be diverted.

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